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National Forest District Ranger named
Houston County Courier - February 2008

Gerald Lawrence has been named District Ranger of the Davy Crockett National Forest, according to Forest Supervisor Fred S. Salinas.

“I plan to work diligently with the local communities and their leaders, interest groups, and agencies to meet the needs of the public,” Lawrence said. “One of my top goals for the Davy Crockett National Forest will be to continue to expand the excellent prescribed burning program on the forest which will benefit wildlife and restore healthy fire-maintained ecosystems.”

The Davy Crockett National Forest encompasses 160,633 acres of public land and is located in Houston and Trinity counties.

“Ranger Lawrence brings a wealth of forestry experience and knowledge to the job,” Salinas said. “His expertise in forest management will serve the public well.”

Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wheaton College, a bachelor’s degree
in forest management from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in forest management/economics from Virginia Technical Institute and State University.

He began his career with the Forest Service in 1989 on the Umqua

National Forest in Oregon and also has worked on the National Forests in Mississippi and the National Forests in Alabama where he was Geographic Information System coordinator on the planning team.

For the past seven years, Lawrence has worked for the Forest Service’s Washington Office stationed on the Chattahooche-Oconee National Forest in Georgia as a technical support group leader.

He has been married 26 years, and has four children ranging in age from 20 to 8. His oldest is attending college in Kentucky and the others are home schooled.

“I thoroughly enjoy just about anything outdoors including hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, biking and bird watching,” Lawrence said. “I also enjoy getting involved in community events and helping out those in need within the community.”


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